California State Route 299

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State Route 299 marker

State Route 299
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 599
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 305.777 mi[1] (492.100 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 101 in Arcata
  SR 96 in Willow Creek
SR 3 at Weaverville
I‑5 in Redding
US 395 in Alturas
East end: SR 8A towards Vya, NV
Highway system
SR 284 SR 330

State Route 299 is a state highway in the state of California that runs across the northern part of the state. The highway begins at US 101 at the northern edge of Arcata and continues in an easterly direction through to the Nevada state line. Between Arcata and Redding, Route 299 intersects with State Route 96, and is briefly co-signed with State Route 3. In Redding, it intersects with State Route 273, State Route 44, and Interstate 5. East of Redding, it intersects with State Route 89, and a section is co-signed with State Route 139 before reaching Alturas. It is then co-signed with U.S. Route 395 northeast of Alturas, and then runs east toward the border with Nevada. A ghost town, Vya, Nevada, can be reached via this route, which after the border becomes a dirt road, which was formerly Nevada State Route 8A.

Part of SR 299 is the Trinity Scenic Byway, a National Forest Scenic Byway.

Route description[edit]

SR 299 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[2] and portions of the highway are included in the State Scenic Highway System, with other portions eligible for that designation.[3]

SR 299 begins in Arcata at a trumpet interchange with US 101 as a freeway. The route has another trumpet interchange with SR 200 after leaving the Arcata city limits and crossing the Mad River. The freeway ends in the city of Blue Lake as SR 299 continues east past the truck scales. SR 299 enters Six Rivers National Forest and intersects SR 96 at Willow Creek. Soon after this, SR 299 crosses into Trinity County and Trinity National Forest. Paralleling the Trinity River, SR 299 passes through Salyer (where there is a rest area), Hawkins Bar, Burnt Ranch, Del Loma, Big Bar, Helena, Junction City, and finally Weaverville.[4]

In Weaverville, SR 299 runs concurrently with SR 3 southbound to Douglas City, where there is a rest area. SR 299 continues east away from the Trinity River into Shasta County, passing by the Whiskeytown-Shasta National Recreation Area and through the towns of Tower House and Whiskeytown as well as Whiskeytown Lake. SR 299 continues along Eureka Way through the town of Shasta into the city of Redding.[4] SR 299 runs concurrently along SR 273 north across the Sacramento River before turning east onto its own freeway and intersecting I-5.[citation needed] SR 299 remains a freeway for a few miles before leaving the Redding city limits and passing through the town of Bella Vista.[4]

SR 299 continues through Ingot, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Hillcrest (after the rest area), Burney, and Johnson Park. The highway intersects with SR 89 before continuing through Fall River Mills and McArthur, where there is an intersection with CR A19. SR 299 then crosses into Lassen County, where it passes through Nubieber and Bieber before intersecting CR A2. The highway crosses into Modoc County and passes through Adin, where it runs concurrently with SR 139 and passes through Modoc National Forest. The concurrency lasts for several miles before SR 299 turns east and enters the city of Alturas. SR 299 runs concurrently with US 395 before turning east again and passing through Cedarville, near the Cedarville Airport. SR 299 ends at the Nevada state line.[4]

History[edit]

U.S. Route 299
Location: AlturasArcata
Existed: 1934–1964

State Route 299, from the intersection with US 101 all the way to US 395 in Alturas, was U.S. Route 299 from 1934 to 1964 a spur of US 99 running East and West from the junction in Redding, now signed as CA 273 at the intersection of Eureka Way and Market St. The actual road has been realigned many times, mainly to make easier grades and curves through the mountains. In many places, especially in Trinity County, the old roadway can be seen beside the new road, and there are even several bridges visible from the current 299 that seemingly connect nothing to nothing nowadays, one of which is an arch bridge from 1923. In 1934, 299 was the original California State Route 44.


Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then.[1] The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[1][5][6]
Exit
[7]
Destinations Notes
Humboldt
HUM 0.00-43.04
Arcata 0.00 US 101 – Arcata, Eureka, Crescent City Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.72 1 Guintoli Lane, West End Road
  R1.80 2 SR 200 (North Bank Road)
    3A Glendale Drive Eastbound exit only
  R2.92 3B Essex Lane
  R4.04 4 Glendale Drive
  R5.45 5 Glendale Drive – Blue Lake
    East end of freeway
  19.05 Bair Road
Willow Creek 38.83 SR 96 – Hoopa
Trinity
TRI 0.00-72.25
Weaverville 51.57 SR 3 north – Trinity Center, Yreka, Trinity Lake West end of SR 3 overlap
Douglas City R58.11 SR 3 south – Hayfork East end of SR 3 overlap
  67.43 Trinity Dam Boulevard – Lewiston, Lewiston Lake, Trinity Lake
Shasta
SHA 0.00-99.36
  8.65 Trinity Mountain Road – French Gulch
Redding 22.23 California 273.svg Buenaventura Boulevard to SR 273 south – Anderson
23.81 Court Street
24.09
16.83[N 1]
SR 44 east / SR 273 south (Market Street) to I‑5 south West end of SR 273 overlap
18.62[N 1]
24.09
SR 273 north (Market Street) to I‑5 north / CR A18 (Lake Boulevard) – Portland East end of SR 273 overlap
24.82 I‑5Portland, Sacramento Interchange
  West end of freeway
25.54 141 Churn Creek Road, Hawley Road
  27.24 143 Old Oregon Trail – Shasta College
    East end of freeway
Bella Vista 34.46 Deschutes Road – Palo Cedro, Anderson
Burney 73.13 Tamarack Road
  80.09 SR 89 – Burney Falls Park, Lassen Park
Fall River Mills 91.08 CR A20 (Glenburn Road) – Glenburn
McArthur 95.24 CR A19 (McArthur Road) – Glenburn, McCloud
  96.78 Pittville Road – Pittville
Lassen
LAS 0.00-25.64
Bieber 15.10 CR A2 (Susanville Road) / Bieber Lookout Road – Susanville, Lookout, Tulelake
Modoc
MOD 0.00-66.63
Adin 0.33 SR 139 south – Susanville West end of SR 139 overlap
Canby 21.75 SR 139 north – Tulelake, Klamath Falls East end of SR 139 overlap
Alturas 40.63
22.76[N 2]
US 395 south (Main Street) – Susanville, Reno West end of US 395 overlap
  28.29[N 2]
40.64
US 395 north – Lakeview East end of US 395 overlap
Cedarville 57.35 Surprise Valley RoadLake City, Fort Bidwell, Eagleville
  66.63 SR 8A Continuation beyond the Nevada state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 273 rather than SR 299.
  2. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along US 395 rather than SR 299.

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